For Chris Disney, managing partner at Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen in Arizona, next month’s “Raising for Rett” fundraiser is a cause dear to his own heart: His three-year-old daughter, Collyns, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome last year.

In the campaign, Picazzo’s will donate $1 for every dessert sold at all six locations—Sedona, Scottsdale, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Arrowhead and Gilbert—throughout October to raise funds and awareness for the extremely rare syndrome.

Desserts include the hot apple crisp, Arizona’s only gluten-free tiramisu (it’s also vegan), a skillet-baked chocolate chip cookie (gluten-free and dairy-free), and Picazzo’s New York style cheezecake (gluten-free and vegan).

This photo shows a white plate with a chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate drizzle.

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen

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The chain will also be using purple linens throughout the month, and servers will wear and sell purple Rett Syndrome bracelets. Information will be available for customers to learn about Rett Syndrome, which combines the symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and anxiety disorder.

Rett Syndrome has afflicted 350,000 people worldwide, with about 15,000 cases in the U.S.

Disney and his wife, Angela, became concerned when they noticed Collyns wasn’t hitting certain milestones, like talking and walking, at the same rate as their three older children. Their doctor reassured them that she was just experiencing normal delays, but they knew something wasn’t right.

Further investigation led to a diagnosis of Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects 1 in 10,000 females (and even fewer males) and begins to display itself in missed milestones or regression at 6-18 months. Rett Syndrome can lead to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of life: ability to speak, walk, eat and breathe easily.

This photo shows a white plate with a chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate drizzle.

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen

“The encouraging news is that researchers know what causes Rett Syndrome, and, through gene replacement trials, they are getting closer to finding a cure that could dramatically alter our daughter’s quality of life,” Disney said in a press release.

The Rett Syndrome Research Trust Cure 360 has six genetic-based approaches to finding a cure: gene replacement, gene editing, MECP2 gene reactivation, RNA editing, RNA trans-splicing, and protein replacement. Click here to read more about these promising strategies and click here to learn more about Rett Syndrome.

“There are now two clinical trials for gene replacement underway for Rett Syndrome,” said Tim Freeman, chief development officer at the Rett Syndrome Research Trust and father of a 14-year-old daughter with the disorder. “It’s a promising approach that has the potential to profoundly reverse the devastating symptoms of Rett. The fundraising support from Picazzo’s is so important to helping us continue the momentum and change Chris’s daughter’s life, my daughter’s life, and so many other lives. We’re extremely grateful for this partnership at RSRT.”

In addition to purchasing desserts from Picazzo’s, customers can click here to donate directly to the “Raising for Rett” campaign.